Please select this link to download a PDF about NSIP.
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is the national training and technical assistance provider on disability inclusion, under a cooperative agreement (#08TAHMA001) from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. NSIP partners with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the Center for Technical Assistance and Training, and Operation TBI Freedom at Rocky Mountain Human Services and Virtual Ability, Inc. to build connections between disability organizations and all CNCS grantees to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.
Corporation for National and Community Service grantees, Veterans and Wounded Warriors, state service commissions, disability organizations, volunteer sector, and individuals with disabilities.
The National Service Inclusion Project strives to:
Phone: 888-491-0326 (toll-free voice and TTY)
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Please select this link to download a PDF about NextSTEP.
The National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP) develops tools and materials, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and creates demonstration projects focusing on people with disabilities in volunteer and community-service roles. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), NextSTEP strives to identify effective practices and promote community service as a step towards improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. CNCS provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in structured service programs that focus on specific community needs through its AmeriCorps programs (including AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps NCCC [National Civilian Community Corps]) and its Senior Corps program.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was intended to ensure equality and opportunity within the workplace. However, many people with disabilities have limited access to traditional forms of skill-building that lead to employment. Participating in national service or other volunteer programs provides an opportunity for individuals to learn new skills or to relearn old skills in a new way. Volunteering can increase an individual's life options, including improving his or her employment outcomes. Completing a structured term of service allows people with disabilities to develop their vocational and interpersonal skills while experiencing the satisfaction of giving back to their communities.?
Based on these activities, NextSTEP integrates information about how service contributes to employment and post-secondary options into existing training content for service volunteers. Thus these concepts become part of the overall service experience rather than a stand-alone activity. NextSTEP seeks to inform schools, community providers, and people with disabilities and their families about the value of national service as a step toward meaningful employment.
NextSTEP is a collaboration of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the State Employment Leadership Network of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the ICI, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network.
Phone: 617-287-4365; TTY: 617-287-4350; Fax: 617-287-4352